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(Scot) any of various lichens used in dyeing wool, esp for the manufacture of tweeds
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Gaelic crotal
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  • It is better, however, to get the shade by altering the quantity of crotal used.

    Vegetable Dyes

    Ethel M. Mairet
  • Thereafter, on cushioned beds were repasts, long and savorous, eaten to the sound of crotal and of flute.

  • My father seemed to age perceptibly, reflecting on his companion gone, and he clung to me like the crotal to the stone.

    John Splendid Neil Munro

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